Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on a relic of Scottish industrial history.

From the 19th century through to the 1950s Glasgow and the River Clyde was a powerhouse of shipping and shipbuilding which generated demand for a dry dock facility to facilitate the inspection and repair of the bottom of ships. This demand was satisfied by construction of the Govan Graving Docks (Dry Docks) which were built between 1860 and 1875 by Clyde Navigation Trust.

The Graving Docks comprised three basins one of which was able to accommodate two ships.

Consequent upon progressive decline of the shipbuilding industry, the Graving Docks site was abandoned in 1988 since which time the site has become derelict and vandalised.

However, a renaissance of the site has been signalled. In January 2017 a property developer lodged a formal notice to Glasgow City Council for redevelopment and conservation work at the docks, ahead of submitting a planning application.

The planning application will include 750 homes, 100 of which will be affordable; conservation of the historic graving docks, surrounding historic features and the harbour basin to the west; public space around the docks and riverside; maritime heritage visitor centre, possibly in the former pump house; and shops and restaurants/bars, plus possibly a hotel and offices.

As of July 2017 the site was still a wasteland, albeit a fascinating one.

Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow

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